State News

Tallahassee, FL – Much of what we hear from the capitol lately is about budget cuts and challenging times. The Governor talked about it in his weekly radio address.

Tallahassee, FL – A bill in the Florida house passed its first committee on Thursday. It enforces stricter penalties for motorcycle traffic offenses it goes as far confiscating your vehicle entirely if caught breaking the law. Trimmel Gomes has more on that story.

Tallahassee, FL – Some rule tightening may be on the way for Condo and Homeowners Associations. Also, a mobile aquarium visits Tallahassee. Gina Jordan has that story.

Tallahassee, FL – Nurses are lobbying legislators this week as part of the Florida Nursing Associations Lobby Days. Gina Jordan has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – This is Florida Space Day. There's a push at the capitol to keep the sunshine state tops in space flight. Gina Jordan reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate Democratic Caucus met today to set its 2008 legislative priorities and discuss its strategy to block the proposed budget. Lynn Hatter has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – Over 200,000 people die of Cardiac Arrest each year. About 50,000 of these deaths could have been prevented if an Automated External Defibrillator or AED was used immediately following. Wednesday the Senate Judiciary Committee heard a bill that would allow the AED to be used in public areas and schools. Lynn Hatter has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – There's no money for anyone's legislative agenda this year, but children and those who serve them may see some real policy gains. Margie Menzel prepared this report.

Tallahassee, FL – As the session begins, a court case that pits the governor against the legislature still hasn't been decided. Gina Jordan reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's Attorney General Bill McCullum honored the best of Florida's Law Enforcement officers Tuesday. He also named Florida's Officer of the Year. Lynn Hatter has more.

Tallahassee, FL – Thursday's meeting between House Speaker Marco Rubio and all university presidents ended with a glimmer of promise for the legislature and the universities to reach a deal on funding. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's House Speaker Marco Rubio hosted all 11 university presidents to talk about how to address higher education funding. All presidents agreed that finding a consistent way to fund universities, is a key priority. Lynn Hatter has more.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers are not satisfied with last year's property insurance reform. James Call reports, members of both the state house and senate say premiums remain too high.

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate's Criminal Justice Committee is cracking down on illegal immigration in Florida. A bill passed the committee Wednesday. It targets people who smuggle immigrants into the state. Lynn Hatter has more.

Tallahassee, FL – The House's 21st Century Competitiveness Committee met Tuesday to discuss amending the language of the Class Size Amendment. Lynn Hatter has more.

Tallahassee, FL – The State Attorney General's Office released the statewide grand jury report on gangs Tuesday. Among the top recommendations - taking a tougher stance on gang members. Lynn Hatter has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – With the largest revenue shortfall in decades, policymakers in Florida are beginning to look at where cuts will need to be made. Lynn Hatter has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate's Higher Education Appropriations Committee heard a progress report on the status of Florida A&M University Thursday during its committee meeting. Lynn Hatter has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – Supporters of Amendment One, the January 29th referendum on property taxes, are shifting their campaign into high gear. The story from Tom Flanigan.

Tallahassee, FL – After a third place finish in the Iowa primary and sixth in New Hampshire, Fred Thompson is still in the race. He does have some support and Lynn Hatter tells us some of that support comes from Florida lawmakers.

Tallahassee, FL – At the Florida Community Affairs Committee meeting Wednesday, Committee members and Mayor Frank Ortiz of Pembroke Pines and John Marks of Tallahassee debated over property taxes- and the impact of Amendment One on local governments. Lynn Hatter has the story.

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate's Criminal Justice Committee met Tuesday to discuss its agenda for March's legislative session. Among its points of interest: a plant- Salvia Divinorum. Lynn Hatter reports.

U.S. – David Sloan, director of government relations with the AARP, says it's already tough for many older Floridians to find a doctor who takes Medicare patients

Sloan says it soon may get even tougher. That's because Medicare is set to cut its payments for physician services by ten percent in 2008. The U.S. House has passed a bill reversing the cut, but the Sloan says the outcome is far from certain in the Senate.

Tallahassee, FL – The papers were filed at the Republican Party of Florida headquarters on East Jefferson Street this morning. Bill McCollum, State Attorney General and Giuliani's Florida campaign chair did the honors

"He is the most talented, capable person ever to run for president. He is a Reagan disciple, he's conservative in the sense of supply-side economics and foreign policy in ways that i admire. I just think that he's going to make a terrific president".